Half-time: Leeds 0 Fulham 0

first_imgSone Aluko hit the post as Fulham bossed a goalless first half at Elland Road.The summer signing was put through by Matt Smith on 34 minutes and beat the keeper but not the upright from close range.Floyd Ayite also went close with a glancing header from 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon’s pinpoint crossSessegnon – an academy graduate left-back – made his senior league debut while new signing Jozabed Sanchez took a place on the bench.Fulham were otherwise unchanged from the side that won at Preston.Fulham: Button; Odoi, Madl, Kalas, Sessegnon; Cairney, McDonald, Parker, Ayite; Smith, Aluko.Subs: Joronen, Malone, Ream, Woodrow, Tunnicliffe, Christensen, Jozabed.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

St. Bernard’s to host Hoopa Valley girls for softball league championship

first_imgThe Warriors, who swept … This past weekend, the Hoopa Valley girls claimed at least a share of their first Little 4 softball championship since 2008.On Wednesday, they’ll be hoping to go one better and claim it outright.“We’re going to have to work really hard to get ready for St. Bernard’s on Wednesday,” Hoopa Valley head coach Glenn Moore said.The two teams meet in a battle for the league title at St. Bernard’s on Wednesday afternoon, with the doubleheader set for 2:30 p.m.last_img

Plants Are Clever

first_imgThey may be stuck in the ground, but plants know how to get what they need.  How do creation and evolution explain this?Plants and DesignSunscreen:  “They bask in the sun for hours, but just like us, plants need to protect themselves from damaging ultraviolet rays,” a piece in New Scientist begins.  “Now we know how they do it.”  Science Daily describes what Purdue scientists found:Biochemical tests have shown that plants produce special molecules and send them to the outer layer of their leaves to protect themselves. These molecules, called sinapate esters, appear to block ultraviolet-B radiation from penetrating deeper into leaves where it might otherwise disrupt a plant’s normal development.Dimmer switch:  Plants are able to quickly switch their photosynthesis machinery between sunny and shady conditions.   How fast? “Switching on a dime,” PhysOrg says.  Even a passing cloud demands that “The response has to be extremely swift.”  How is it carried out?  It involves several stages.  The first stage was shown by researchers at Carnegie to involve a protein named KEA3 as part of the “built-in machinery” to handle fast switching:Under full sunlight, the energy from excess absorbed photons is intentionally dissipated by the plant as heat. But if the incident light is blocked by a cloud, the plant must switch from dissipating excess photons as heat to harvesting as many photons as possible. Advanced analytical techniques demonstrated that KEA3 acts to accelerate the switch from the full-sunlight-adapted mode to the shade-adapted mode. This rapid response to light intensity makes the first stage of photosynthesis more efficient.Metamorphosis:  We all know about the dramatic change from caterpillar to butterfly, but plants undergo a metamorphosis of their own.  Described in Current Biology, the changes in leaf shape as a plant grows from embryo to adult was thought to be an example of Haeckel’s Biogenetic Law or Recapitulation Theory, i.e. that an organism relives its evolutionary history as it grows (“Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny”).  Wrong; that idea “fell out of favor,” Daniel H. Chitwood writes.  Instead, it’s due to a carefully choreographed process, involving those little RNA molecules that were hardly understood a decade ago:A new study by Rubio-Somoza et al. reported in this issue of Current Biology mechanistically links the developmental clock and leaf morphogenesis through small RNAs and their targets, explaining the characteristic increases in serration and complexity of successive leaves seen so often in plants.Somehow, these regulatory molecules are tied to the developmental clock like triggers on a timing device.  The small RNAs regulate not only individual leaves, but leaf shape changes over time.  This finding opens up whole new areas for research, Chitwood concludes.  If evolution plays any role in changing leaf shape over eons, it seems to do it independently of this “feed-forward mechanism,” he says; “evolutionary changes in overall leaf shape versus timing-dependent changes may be separate.”Probiotics:  Plants can use a little help from their microbes, too.  Scientists at the University of Washington found through controlled experiments that microbes help plants, from grasses to tall trees, withstand pesticide toxins, PhysOrg reports.  Harmless microbes called endophytes take up residence in the inner tissues of plants:In nature, endophytes have a welcomed, symbiotic relationship with plants. In polluted soil, for instance, if the right endophytes are present they consume toxins coming up through plant roots. The endophytes get fed and the plant gets help neutralizing pollutants that could kill it.The scientists found this interesting; “Our approach is much like when humans take probiotic pills or eat yogurt with probiotics to supplement the ‘good’ microbes in their guts.”Reverse engineering function:  Students and professors at Louisiana State U figured out the relationship between two enzymes involved in photosynthesis.  Once again, evolution was never mentioned in the PhysOrg report as essential to understanding their research.  “Without photosynthesis or oxygen, basically all recognizable life that we see in our landscape would be gone: no animals, no plants,” one professor said.  In order to understand the “mechanics” of photosynthesis better, the team found out how two enzymes, PsbP and PsbQ, interact.  The grad student used store-bought spinach for the lab experiments.  Once they identified the enzymes, they designed a computer model to study the interaction.  A pithy analogy with a designed artificial machine helped the team understand the process that gives life to the world:The two proteins are like parts of a car that enable oil to reach the engine. In plants, the “oil” is calcium and chloride and the “fuel” is water and sunlight. The structure of PsbP and PsbQ facilitates the efficient use of calcium and chloride in a plant, enabling it to produce oxygen.Their paper made it into the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Did the abstract mention evolution?  Yes—but only in the sense that living plants “evolve” (i.e., emit) oxygen every day through their photosynthetic machines.  Their research, focused on structure and function, provides “a framework for understanding the organization of these subunits within the higher plant photosystem.”Plants and EvolutionSeveral recent news items discussed evolution.  Has anything been found to demonstrate increases in genomic information in plants that Darwinism requires to distinguish it from creation?Salt tolerance:  Researchers at Utah State studied the salt tolerance and drought resistance of different species of maple trees, primarily for the purpose of understanding which ones could thrive better in brackish habitats, such as cities where treated waste water is used for irrigation.  If evolutionary theory was useful to them, they didn’t mention it in PhysOrg‘s press release.  After all, the maples are still maples; even creationists would agree that organisms can vary within their kind.  A similar study on salt tolerance among popular varieties of daffodils was performed at Loyola University, PhysOrg says, for similar purposes, and with similar conclusions.Color changes:  Pentstemons are red, penstemons are blue; evolving red color is irreversible, too.  What does it take to evolve a red flower from a blue one?  According to Oxford University researchers reported by PhysOrg, it involves breaking things.  Knocking out a single enzyme caused the vivid blue color of one species to turn red over time.  But the process is like Humpty Dumpty:While blue can change to red, in this case, evolution always drives down a one-way street, as reverse changes of red to blue are not observed.“Evolutionary shifts from blue to red flowers in Penstemon predictably involves degeneration of the same particular flower pigment gene, suggesting there are limited genetic ‘options’ for evolving red flowers in this group,” said Wessinger. “However, it is lot [sic] easier for evolution to break a gene than to fix one, so we suspect that reversals from red to blue flowers would be highly unlikely.“The scientists described 13 varieties of red flowers that “occurred by independent evolutionary events, showing a relatively simple, predictable genetic change behind the evolution from blue to red penstemons” – in other words, the red species broke the blue enzyme in different ways.  There are more ways to break an engine that to build one that works, for sure.  While the experiments explain how the red variety came to be, it doesn’t explain how the blue enzyme originated in the first place.Evolutionary potential:  Go forth and evolve, invaders!  Another article on PhysOrg reports that after centuries of change, some invasive weeds have still not evolved to their full potential (whatever that might be).  In this first-ever project to track the evolution of an introduced species, Australian scientists think that the Oxford ragwort is getting better at thriving in its new habitat, but let’s face it; it’s still the same species it was over 200 years ago.  Only its location has changed.Genome duplication:  When the cows munch, duplicate!  Gene duplication is often touted as a major means of driving evolution (especially in plants), but evolution didn’t get much mention in a piece on Science Daily.  “Their study is the first to show that a plant’s ability to dramatically rebound after being cut down relies on a process called genome duplication, in which individual cells make multiple copies of all of their genetic content.”  In other words, duplication appears to be a built-in response to stress, according to scientists at the University of Illinois who “pondered its purpose.”  Duplication allows the plant to respond more vigorously after being cut down or chewed on; “The researchers suspected that genome duplication was giving the plants the boost they needed to overcome adversity.”  This newfound “purpose” seems poised to give geneticists a new way to look at genomes.  Maybe those extra copies of the genomic library indicate that a species was stressed out in the past.Forest evolution:  “Tracing the evolution of forest trees” is the headline of an article on PhysOrg.  Don’t expect to learn much about evolution in it.  The information provided by the National Science Foundation begins with this embarrassing admission by evolutionist Elizabeth Stacy at the University of Hawaii:There are at least 60,000 identified tree species in the world, “but we know next to nothing about how they got here,” Elizabeth Stacy says. “Trees form the backbone of our forests, and are ecologically and economically important, yet we don’t know much about how speciation happens in trees.”Wasn’t speciation the puzzle that Charles Darwin solved?  Even though Stacy thinks that her state of Hawaii is “like its own planet, its own evolutionary experiment,” her findings were more about ecology and conservation than evolution.  “To really think about long-term conservation, we need to be aware of these evolutionary processes,” she said, more as a sermon than a science presentation.  It’s not clear why evolution, a blind, pitiless, indifferent process, would cause human beings to care about trees, if people evolved, too.In order to appear busy in her outdoor Darwin laboratory, Professor Stacy used genomic divination “to try to unravel the very shrouded evolutionary history of Metrosideros in Hawaii,” not thinking that the most ardent creationist would have no problem with variation among “closely related trees” within a created kind.  Thinking like Darwin apparently gives her happy feelings as she passes on the faith to the next generation.  “Because we are in this amazing evolutionary laboratory, I think we excel in engaging our students with authentic research experiences outside.”This explains why most evolutionists are political liberals.  We reported a psychologist’s conclusion that liberals operate more on emotion than reason, compared to conservatives (11/09/14).  We have just seen Elizabeth Stacy swooning with rapture over evolution, even though the design features of living things are beyond her comprehension. It would only take a few minutes to show her a video clip about ATP synthase, the molecular machine that spins at 23,000 RPM in the leaves of those trees, to force her to confront the reality of complex specified information.  Would that hard data bring her out of her Darwin trip?  Unlikely.It’s not clear, moreover, why an evolutionist would get chills over Darwinism.  What does she think on her pillow at night?  “All this beauty and variety and apparent design came about by blind, pitiless indifference; isn’t it wonderful!”  Sweet dreams. (Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

First Meerkat support structure completed

first_img6 February 2014The first dish support structure for the Meerkat radio telescope, manufactured by South African company Tricom Structures, is ready to be transported to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site in Carnavon in the Northern Cape.The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, which is to be co-hosted by South Africa and Australia.The 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope is due to come online in 2016 both as a precursor to the SKA and as one of the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right.Addressing a media briefing in Pretoria on Wednesday, Tricom Structures CEO Sihle Shange said the massive steel structure was expected to be transported from Pretoria, where the company is based, to Carnavon before the end of the month.The structure weighs about 25 tons and will need two or more abnormal-load trucks to transport it, Shange said.He said Tricom would be assembling all 64 structures for the Meerkat telescope at a rate of two a month, adding that he was confident that the company would meet the 2016 deadline.“We have design capability and we are confident that everything will be smooth,” he said, adding that they would create more jobs should there be a need.Each structure will have to provide exceptionally stable support for a 13.5 x 16 metre main reflector dish standing at a height of 19 metres in the face of winds capable of gusting at up to 144 kilometres an hour.The MeerKAT is due to be commissioned in 2014/15, and to come online for science operations in 2016. It will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere until the Square Kilometre Array itself is completed around 2024. Leading radio astronomy teams from around the globe having already signed up to use the instrument.SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

CARICOM Day in London Pays Tribute to Windrush Generation

first_imgStory Highlights The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) diplomatic missions in London celebrated CARICOM Day on Wednesday (July 4), with a special thanksgiving service and exhibition in tribute to the Windrush generation. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) diplomatic missions in London celebrated CARICOM Day on Wednesday (July 4), with a special thanksgiving service and exhibition in tribute to the Windrush generation.Held at the Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, the service marked 70 years since the arrival of Caribbean migrants on the Empire Windrush ship to the United Kingdom (UK).It included a reception featuring samplings of food and drinks from across the Caribbean, and a special presentation by the Co-founder of the Windrush Foundation, Arthur Torrington.An offering was collected towards the Windrush Justice Fund, established by Windrush advocate, Patrick Vernon. The fund was set up to assist persons of the Windrush generation who have been affected by the changes in the UK immigration rules.The service commenced with the ceremonial handover of the chairmanship of the CARICOM Caucus in the UK to High Commissioner for Jamaica, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, by outgoing chair His Excellency Bocchit Edmond of Haiti.High Commissioner Ramocan, in his address, said it was a privilege for Jamaica to be hosting the 39th Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM from July 4 to 6 in Montego Bay, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.He underscored the relevance and importance of CARICOM in advancing the development goals of the region.High Commissioner Ramocan read the CARICOM Day Message from Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque, which noted that CARICOM has made strides in many areas in improving the lives of nationals of the region, including in health, education and energy.Secretary-General LaRocque’s message further highlighted the longstanding relations between the Caribbean and the UK and noted that the UK-Caribbean forum, which will next be held in 2019, serves as an excellent mechanism for political dialogue on both sides.He thanked the UK for its solidarity and generosity in assisting the region in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes, Irma and Maria, which affected the region last year.The Secretary-General also highlighted the importance of having a united voice on critical matters, including the regrettable situation facing the Windrush generation.In his remarks, Ambassador Edmond praised the strength of CARICOM and said the stance taken by CARICOM High Commissioners to defend the rights of the Windrush generation was a great example of what can be achieved through unity.Senior Minister, Restoration Revival Fellowship, Rev. Lloyd Denny, who delivered the sermon, urged the members of the CARICOM Caucus to continue to “use their words” to influence, improve, build and grow.“Words spoken from a true heart serve as a powerful force,” he noted.The opening prayer was delivered by Rev. Michael King, son of the late Sam King, Co-founder of the Windrush Foundation and Minister of the King of Kings International Ministry.Lessons were read by High Commissioner for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Cenio Lewis, and High Commissioner for Barbados, Guy Hewitt.High Commissioner for Antigua and Barbuda, Karen-Mae Hill, and Antonio Joseph performed a musical item, while soloist, Margaret Johns, was accompanied by her son, Dwight, on keyboard. Host Pastor was the Reverend Liz Russell.Dexter Marchan from Trinidad and Tobago performed a number of items on steel pan, including ‘Redemption Song’ and ‘One Love’, which were well received by the congregation.The church service, which was organised by a planning committee led by Jamaica, was attended by CARICOM Heads of Mission and staff, members of the diplomatic corps and a wide cross section of nationals from the Caribbean.Among those present were Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland; Advisor to the Windrush Compensation Fund, Martin Forde, QC; and Windrush advocate, Patrick Vernon. It included a reception featuring samplings of food and drinks from across the Caribbean, and a special presentation by the Co-founder of the Windrush Foundation, Arthur Torrington. Held at the Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, the service marked 70 years since the arrival of Caribbean migrants on the Empire Windrush ship to the United Kingdom (UK).last_img read more